Publication number | US8014263 B2 |

Publication type | Grant |

Application number | US 12/543,671 |

Publication date | Sep 6, 2011 |

Priority date | Aug 19, 2009 |

Fee status | Lapsed |

Also published as | US20110044158 |

Publication number | 12543671, 543671, US 8014263 B2, US 8014263B2, US-B2-8014263, US8014263 B2, US8014263B2 |

Inventors | Zhifeng Tao, Philip V. Orlik, Jun Ma, Ye Li, Jinyun Zhang |

Original Assignee | Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Inc. |

Export Citation | BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan |

Patent Citations (7), Non-Patent Citations (2), Classifications (9), Legal Events (4) | |

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US 8014263 B2

Abstract

Cross-talk is canceled in a cooperative wireless relay network that includes a base station (BS), a relay station (RS), and a mobile station (MS). A coupling channel between a transmit antenna and a receive antenna colocated at the RS is estimated. Cross-talk interference determination is based on a previous transmitted signal by the transmit antenna, and the coupling channel. The cross-talk interference is subtracted from a currently received signal by the receive antenna to obtain a residual signal. The residual signal is then transmitted as a next transmitted signal by the transmit antenna.

Claims(14)

1. A method for canceling cross-talk in a cooperative wireless relay network including a base station (BS), a relay station (RS), and a mobile station (MS), comprising a processor for performing the steps, comprising the steps:

estimating a coupling channel between a transmit antenna and a receive antenna, wherein the transmit antenna and the receive antenna are colocated at the RS;

determining cross-talk interference based on a previous transmitted signal by the transmit antenna, and the coupling channel;

subtracting the cross-talk interference from a currently received signal by the receive antenna to obtain a residual signal, wherein for K-subcarrier orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM), the received signal is represented by OFDM modulation, the received symbol vector over the k^{th }subcarrier of the n^{th }OFDM symbol is y(n,k)=s(n,k)+i(n,k)+w(n,k), where n represents an OFDM symbol, k represents a subcarrier, s represents a desired signal, i represents the cross-talk interference, and w represents noise; and

transmitting the residual signal as a next transmitted signal by the transmit antenna.

2. The method of claim 1 , wherein the RS operates as a frequency-shifted-relay-station (FSRS).

3. The method of claim 1 , wherein the RS operates as a frequency-reuse-relay-station (FRRS).

4. The method of claim 1 , wherein the RS has a plurality of receive antennas and a plurality of transmit antennas.

5. The method of claim 1 , wherein the previous transmitted signal is x(n−1), and the currently received signal is y(n), the cross-talk interference is i(n), the coupling channel is h_{c}.

6. The method of claim 1 , in which the estimating of the coupling channel for multiple consecutive OFDM symbols is implemented iteratively.

7. The method of claim 1 , wherein the RS operates in amplify-and-forward mode.

8. The method of claim 1 , wherein the RS operates in decode-and-forward mode.

9. The method of claim 8 , wherein the received signal and the next transmitted signal have identical power.

10. The method of claim 1 , wherein the estimating uses a least-square estimate.

11. The method of claim 1 , wherein the estimating uses a minimum mean-square error estimate.

12. The method of claim 1 , wherein the received signal is transmitted by the BS, and the next transmitted signal is received by the MS.

13. The method of claim 1 , wherein the received signal is transmitted by the MS, and the next transmitted signal is received by the BS.

14. A relay station in a cooperative wireless relay network including a base station (BS) and a mobile station (MS), comprising:

means for estimating a coupling channel between a transmit antenna and a receive antenna, wherein the transmit antenna and the receive antenna are colocated at the RS;

means for determining a cross-talk interference based on a previous transmitted signal by the transmit antenna and the coupling channel;

means for subtracting the cross-talk interference from a currently received signal by the receive antenna to obtain a residual signal, wherein for K-subcarrier orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM), the received signal is represented by OFDM modulation, the received symbol vector over the k^{th }subcarrier of the n^{th }OFDM symbol is y(n,k)=s(n,k)+i(n,k)+w(n,k), where n represents an OFDM symbol, k represents a subcarrier, s represents a desired signal, i represents the cross-talk interference, and w represents noise; and

means for transmitting the residual signal as a next transmitted signal by the transmit antenna.

Description

This invention relates generally to wireless relay networks, and more particularly to canceling cross-talk in cooperative wireless relay stations.

In wireless networks, a base station (BS) is usually located near the center of a cell. As a result, the quality of signals received at a mobile station (MS) near an edge of the cell is reduced. This problem can be resolved by decreasing the size of the cell. However, this increases costs because the number of BSs needs to be increased to provide the same service for the same coverage area. In addition, this also may cause higher level of interference to MSs residing at the edge of neighboring cells. An alternative solution uses a less complex relay station (RS), which assists in communications between the BS and the MS. The RS can effectively increase coverage and reliability with decreased transmit power and cost.

The RS can be deployed anywhere in the cell wherein direct communication between the BS and the MS is impaired. The RS can also be deployed temporarily in areas where the number of MSs is expected to increase dramatically for a short time period, e.g., large-scale public events.

The RS can use decode-and-forward (DF) or amplify-and-forward (AF) modes. The DF mode detects and demodulates received signals before retransmitting. The AF mode only amplifies the received signal before retransmitting.

Conventionally, the RS can use different frequencies or times to reduce interference. In a frequency-reuse-relay-station (FRRS), the frequency bands for transmitting and receiving signals are identical. In a frequency-shifted-relay-station (FSRS), the frequency bands are different. While the FRRS increases spectral efficiency, cross-talk interference becomes an issue because the transmit signal power is always greater than the receive signal power. In the FSRS, out-of-band leakage can cause cross-talk interference.

Cross-talk occurs when a transmitted signal interferes with a currently received signal. Cross-talk can be caused by undesired capacitive, inductive, or conductive coupling between the transmit antenna and the colocated receive antenna, or lines and circuits to which the antennas are connected. Cross-talk is often denoted as co-channel interference, and is related to adjacent-channel interference, see Nasr et al., “Performance of an echo canceller and channel estimator for on-channel repeaters in DVB-T/H networks,” IEEE Trans. Broadcasting, vol. 53, no. 3, pp. 609-618, September 2007, and Mazzotti et al., “Performance of an echo canceller based on pseudo-noise training sequences,” Proc. 58th Annual IEEE Broadcast Symposium, October 2008.

Prior art techniques require the RS to transmit dedicated pilot signals, such as pseudo-noise sequences, for estimating the coupling channel between the colocated transmit and receive antennas. The pilot signals change the existing signal structure of the physical layer, leading to incompatibility with legacy standards, and also result in interference at the receiver.

It is desired to perform cross-talk cancellation at the RS that is transparent to current wireless standard, i.e., the structure of the signals at physical layer remains the same at the BS and the MS.

The embodiments of the invention object provide a method for canceling cross-talk interference in a wireless frequency-reuse-relay-station (FRRS) or a frequency-shifted-station (FSRS) using signals that are designed according to current wireless standards.

The RS estimates a coupling channel between a transmit antenna and a colocated receive antenna from a previous transmitted signal and a currently received signal. Based on the coupling channel, the cross-talk interference at the RS can be reconstructed, and cross-talk interference can be reduced.

Relay Network

**100** operating according to the embodiments of the invention. The wireless network can be a local area network (LAN), a metropolitan area network (MAN), or a large-scale cellular network. The network includes a base station (BS) **101**, a relay station (RS) **102**, and a mobile station (MS) **103**. There can be multiple RSs and MSs. The BS is stationary, and the RSs can be fixed, moving occasionally (nomadic), or mobile. The MS are typically mobile. In the cooperative network, the RS operates as a repeater and communicates signals **105** between the BS and the MSs, or the BS and the MSs communicate directly.

The RS operates as a frequency-reuse-relay-station (FRRS), or as a frequency-shifted-relay-station (FSRS). The RS can cooperate by using the identical frequency band for receiving and transmitting. Thus, depending on the specific cooperative scheme applied, there can be direct communication links **104** between the BS and the MS, as well as the indirect links **105** so as to achieve cooperation.

Cross-Talk Interference at the RS

**206** is between the transmit antenna **204** and the colocated receive antenna **205** of the RS **202**. For the FRRS the interference corresponds to co-channel interference. For the FSRS, the interference is caused by out-of-band leakage of the transmitted signal to the received signal because the transmit signal power is significantly greater than the received signal power. We note that

The RS can have multiple transmit antennas colocated with multiple receive antennas. A desired received symbol vector at the RS is s(n) in the n^{th }symbol period, for example, an orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM) symbol period. The transmitted symbol matrix or the leakage symbol matrix of the transmitted signal of the RS is {circumflex over (x)} (n−1), which is based on the transmitted symbols and the transmit filter at the RS in the last symbol period. The composite coupling channel vector from the transmit antenna to the receive antenna of the RS is h_{c}, and a white noise vector is w(n). The received symbol vector at the RS in the n^{th }symbol period is

where i(n)={circumflex over (X)}(n−1)h_{c }denotes the cross-talk interference to be cancelled at the RS. The invention recovers the desired signal s(n), i.e., s(n)=y(n)−(i(n)+w(n)). It is also noted that the RS introduces a delay of one symbol, OFDM symbol period. This enables the estimation of the coupling channel, as will be shown below, by providing the RS's receiver with a known interference.

Cross-Talk Cancellation Based on Coupling Channel Estimation

We estimate **301** a coupling channel **310** between the transmit antenna **204** and the colocated receive antenna **205** at the RS **201**. Based on the estimated coupling channel and a previous transmitted signal Tx **311** transmitted by the RS in a last symbol period, we determine **302** the cross-talk interference **320**.

To cancel **303** the cross-talk, we subtract cross-talk interference **320** from the currently received signal Rx **330** to obtain a residual signal **340**. Then, we process the residual signal to obtain the desired next transmit signal to transmit **305**. This method can operate for either downlink transmissions from the BS to the MS, or uplink transmissions from the MS to BS. The next signal becomes the previous transmit signal in the next iteration.

Because the previous transmitted signal {circumflex over (x)}(n−1) **311** is exactly known by the RS, the signal can be used to estimate the coupling channel **310**. In this way, our invention realizes the estimation of the coupling channel without transmitting pilot signals as in the prior art. Because the desired signal is unknown at the RS, the signal is regarded as noise when estimating the coupling channel. Because the transmit antenna and the receive antenna are colocated at the RS, the coupling channel is stationary over time. Therefore, we can use multiple previous transmitted symbol matrices to improve the accuracy of the estimation.

**301** the coupling channel ĥ_{c }from the transmit antenna to the receive antenna at the RS to determine **302** the cross-talk interference î(n). Then, the cross-talk interference is subtracted **303** from the currently received signal to obtain an estimate ŷ(n) of the desired signal to generate the forwarded symbol matrices {circumflex over (X)}(n−1) for the next transmitted signal.

Cross-Talk with OFDM Modulation

In one embodiment of our invention, we cancel cross-talk at the RS with a set M_{r}≧1 of receive antennas colocated with a set M_{t}≧1 transmit antennas. For K-subcarrier orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM) modulation, the received symbol vector over the k^{th }subcarrier of the n^{th }OFDM symbol is

*y*(*n,k*)=*s*(*n,k*)+*i*(*n,k*)+*w*(*n,k*),

where

*i*(*n,k*)=*H* _{c}(*k*)*{circumflex over (x)}*(*n−*1,*k*)

denotes the cross-talk interference, {circumflex over (x)}(n−1,k) denotes the transmitted symbol vector of the RS in the last OFDM symbol, and H_{c}(k) denotes the coupling channel of the RS over the k^{th }subcarrier.

A multiple-tap, time-domain coupling channel has a maximum delay of L OFDM sampling intervals, with the M_{r}×M_{t }channel matrix on the l^{th }tap H_{c,l}, 1≦l≦L−1. Thus, the cross-talk interference over the k^{th }subcarrier of the n^{th }OFDM symbol is

where

We define

and

*h* _{c}=(vec(*H* _{c,0})^{T}, vec(*H* _{c,l})^{T}, . . . , vec(_{H} _{c,L−1})^{T})^{T},

which denotes the composite coupling channel vector to estimate to obtain i(n,k)={circumflex over (X)}(n−1,k)h_{c}, where T is the transpose operator.

We determine the transmitted symbol matrix at the RS in the (n−1)^{th }OFDM symbol as

*{circumflex over (X)}*(*n−*1)=(*{circumflex over (X)}*(*n−*1, 0)^{T} *, {circumflex over (X)}*(*n−*1,1)^{T} *, . . . , {circumflex over (X)}*(*n−*1, *K−*1)^{T})^{T}.

Then, the cross-talk interference in the n^{th }OFDM symbol is

Therefore, the original received symbol vector of the RS in the n^{th }OFDM symbol is

where

*s*(*n*)=(*s*(*n,*0)^{T} *, s*(*n,*1)^{T} *, . . . ,s*(*n,K−*1)^{T})^{T }

and

*w*(*n*)=(*w*(*n, *0)^{T} *, w*(*n, *1)^{T} *, . . . , w*(*n, K−* _{1})^{T})^{T}.

We denote the composite transmitted symbol matrix of the RS in the previous N OFDM symbols as

*{circumflex over (X)}* _{N}=(*{circumflex over (X)}*(*n−*1)^{T} *, {circumflex over (X)}*(*n−*2)^{T} *, . . . , {circumflex over (X)}*(*n−N*)^{T})^{T},

and then the corresponding composite received symbol vector of the RS is

where i_{N}={circumflex over (X)}_{N}h_{c }denotes the cross-talk interference,

*s* _{N}=(*s*(*n*)^{T} *,s*(*n−*1)^{T} *, . . . ,s*(*n*−(*N−*1))^{T})^{T},

and

*w* _{N}=(*w*(*n*)^{T} *, w*(*n−*1)^{T} *, . . . , w*(*n*−(*N−*1))^{T})^{T}.

Cross-Talk Cancellation Based on Least-Square Coupling Channel Estimation

Because the previous transmitted symbol matrix, {circumflex over (X)}_{N}, is known exactly at the RS, we can obtain a least-square (LS) estimate of the composite coupling channel vector as

can be determined iteratively to reduce the complexity of estimating coupling channels in multiple consecutive OFDM symbols.

**501** at the RS, and the currently received symbol vector y(n) **502**, F(n) **503** and g(n) **504** can be determined **520**-**521** based on the stored **510** F(n−1) **505** and the stored **530** g(n−1) **506** for the last OFDM symbol, respectively. Then, the estimate ĥ_{c } **507** of the coupling channel is determined **540** from F(n) and g(n), and F(n) and g(n) are stored for the next coupling channel estimation, while the previous stored F(n−1) and g(n−1) are discarded.

Based on the estimated coupling channel ĥ_{c,LS}, the cross-talk interference at the RS is reconstructed as î(n)={circumflex over (X)}(n−1)ĥ_{c,LS}. We subtract î(n) from the currently received signal, and we obtain the estimated desired signal as

denotes the residual error vector after cross-talk cancellation.

Our cross-talk cancellation method based on the LS estimation of the coupling channel is applicable to the RS with decode-and-forward (DF) or amplify-and-forward (AF) modes, or other relay mechanism. Furthermore, the method is applicable to both an FRRS and an FSRS. When applied to an FRRS, {circumflex over (X)}(n−1) denotes the transmitted symbol matrix at the RS in the (n−1)^{th }OFDM symbol; when applied to an FSRS, {circumflex over (X)}(n−1) denotes the leakage symbol matrix of the transmitted signal in the (n−1)^{th }OFDM symbol, which can be obtained based on the transmitted signal and the out-of-band leakage of the transmit filter of the RS.

Coupling Channel Estimation and Cross-Talk Cancellation at a DF-Based RS

In one embodiment of our invention, the source station (SS) has M, (≧1) transmit antennas, which, depending on the direction of communication can be the BS or the MS. If we denote the M_{s}-dimensional transmitted symbol vector of the SS over the k^{th }subcarrier of the n^{th }OFDM symbol as x(n,k), and the corresponding M_{r}×M_{s }channel matrix from the SS to the RS as H_{r}(n,k), then the desired signal vector at the RS is

*s*(*n,k*)=*H* _{r}(*n,k*)×(*n,k*).

If we denote s(n)=(s(n,0)^{T},s(n,1)^{T}, . . . ,s(n,K−1)^{T})^{T }as the composite received signal vector at the RS in the n^{th }OFDM symbol, then s(n)=H_{r}(n)×(n), where

*H* _{r}(*n*)=diag{*H* _{r}(*n, *0), *H* _{r}(*n, *1), . . . , *H* _{r}(*n, K−*1)}

denotes the frequency-domain block diagonal channel matrix between the SS and the RS.

In the case that the RS uses the DF mode, both the transmitted symbols of the SS and those of the RS have identical power, and the wireless channel from the SS to the RS is subject to Rayleigh fading. It can be shown that the composite signal matrix in the previous N OFDM symbols s_{N }is independent of the forwarded symbol matrix of the RS {circumflex over (X)}_{N}. In this case, the correlation matrix of the residual error vector after cross-talk cancellation based on the LS coupling channel estimation is

where R_{s}=E{s_{N}s_{N} ^{H}} and R_{2}=E{w_{N}w_{N} ^{H}} denote the correlation matrices of the composite desired signal and noise vectors, respectively, and the expectation E{·} is with respect to noise, random transmitted signal of the SS, and the random channel from the SS to the RS.

In our invention, R_{e}(n) is utilized to improve the detection of the desired signal at the RS, for example, by whitening the noise containing the residual error, or by performing the minimum mean-square error (MMSE) estimate of the transmitted symbol vector of the SS.

In the case that the transmitted signals of the SS are independent across different OFDM subcarriers and different OFDM symbols, the multi-tap time-domain channel between the SS and the RS has independent channel gains over different taps, and the M_{r}×M_{s }channel matrix over each tap has independently and identically distributed elements, it can be shown that R_{s}=M_{s}σ_{x} ^{2}σ_{h} ^{2}I_{NKM}, where σ_{x} ^{2 }denotes the constant power of the transmitted symbol over each subcarrier from a transmit antenna of the RS, σ_{h} ^{2 }denotes the average power gain of the channel from the SS to the RS, and I_{NKM}, denotes the NKM_{r}×NKM_{r }identity matrix. Further, we denote σ_{w} ^{2 }as the white noise power at the RS, and then R_{e,LS}(n) can be simplified as

*R* _{e,LS}(*n*)=(σ_{w} ^{2} *+M* _{s}σ_{x} ^{2}σ_{h} ^{2})*{circumflex over (X)}*(*n−*1)*F* ^{−1}(*n*)

When the correlation matrix of the composite coupling channel vector R_{h} _{ c }=E{h_{c}h_{c} ^{H}} is known, our invention further obtains an MMSE estimate of h_{c }based on the received signal in the previous N OFDM symbols as

*ĥ* _{c,MMSE} *=[R* _{h} _{ c } ^{−1} *+{circumflex over (X)}* _{N} ^{H}(*R* _{s} *+R* _{W})^{−1 } *{circumflex over (X)}* _{N}]^{−1 } *{circumflex over (X)}* _{N} ^{H}(*R* _{s} *+R* _{W})^{−1}□y_{N}.

The corresponding correlation matrix of the residual error vector after cross-talk cancellation is

which we use to improve the detection of the desired signal at the RS.

Similarly to LS coupling channel estimation, in the case that R_{s}=M_{s}σ_{x} ^{2}σ_{h} ^{2}I_{NKM}, and R_{w}=σ_{w} ^{2}I_{NKM}, ĥ_{c,MMSE }and R_{e,MMSE}(n) can be simplified as

and

*R* _{e,MMSE}(*n*)=(σ_{w} ^{2} *+M* _{s}σ_{x} ^{2}σ_{h} ^{2})*{circumflex over (X)}*(*n−*1)[(σ_{w} ^{2} *+M* _{s}σ_{x} ^{2}σ_{h} ^{2})*R* _{h} _{ c } ^{−1} *+F*(*n*)]^{−1 } *{circumflex over (X)}* ^{H}(*n−*1),

respectively, where F(n) and g(n) are defined above.

Based on the above simplification, the MMSE coupling channel estimation is performed in our invention as shown in

Simulation Results

We simulate a cooperative network in which the BS, the wireless FRRS, and the MS each have one transmit antenna and one receive antenna. OFDM modulation with 16 subcarriers is utilized for broadband transmission in this wireless network and QPSK modulation is applied over each OFDM subcarrier.

The maximum delay of the multiple-tap time-domain coupling channel from the transmit antenna to the receive antenna of the RS is two OFDM sampling intervals. The channel gains over the two taps are with independent Rayleigh fading, while the average powers decay with the delay exponentially with the exponent factor one.

The wireless channel between the source station, which may be the BS or the MS, and the RS is also with Rayleigh fading. Furthermore, the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) at the RS is set to be 40 dB. In the simulation, the signal-to-interference ratio (SIR) is defined as the ratio of the average desired signal power to the average cross-talk interference power before cross-talk cancellation; the normalized mean-square error (MSE) after cross-talk cancellation is defined as the average power of the residual error normalized to the average power of the desired signal over each OFDM subcarrier.

The Figure shows that when the SIR is less than 0 dB, which is the usual case in practice, the cross-talk cancellation based on the LS and the MMSE coupling channel estimation achieve a similar improvement gain. When the SIR is greater than 0 dB, the MMSE coupling channel estimation achieves a higher improvement gain than the LS coupling channel estimation. When the SIR is higher than 15 dB, the cross-talk cancellation based on the MMSE coupling channel estimation still achieves an improvement gain, while the estimation based on the LS coupling channel cannot.

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Classifications

U.S. Classification | 370/201, 455/7 |

International Classification | H04B7/14, H04J1/12 |

Cooperative Classification | H04B7/15592, H04B7/15564, H04L27/2601 |

European Classification | H04B7/155M, H04B7/155J |

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